Wine researchers at the University of Adelaide are investigating drought-tolerant grape varieties from Cyprus for their suitability for Australian conditions, which could be suitable for Riverland growers.
The variates, Xynisteri and Maratheftiko have just been released from Australian quarantine and are now being propagated at the Univeristy of Adelaide’s waite campus.
PHD student at the University Adelaide, Alexander Copper said “These varieties are very drought tolerant in Cyprus, often grown without any irrigation, and it is hoped they will be able to grow in Australian conditions with minimal to no irrigation.”
It’s hoped trials of the new varieties can take place in many areas of South Australia in coming years.
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